Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Thu, Dec 2 2010 7:00 PM

151 3rd St, SF


3 Events for the the 1/2 price of one!

6:00 p.m. Half-price admission to museum begins ($9 adults, $4.50 students/seniors)
7:00 p.m. Screening of Bussotti's Rara (film), with live piano accompaniment by the director
8:45 p.m. Exhibits close
9:00 p.m. Performance of music by Bussotti, featuring Bussotti and sfSoundGroup, curated by Luciano Chessa

In collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute, San Francisco Cinematheque, and the Progetto Sonora-CEMAT, and inspired by Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance, and the Camera Since 1870, we present an evening with Italian composer and director Sylvano Bussotti, a key innovator in contemporary music since the early 1960s. We begin with the U.S. premiere of a restored print of silent Rara (film), which gathers "filmed portraits" of the Italian avant-garde, including the circle around Pier Paolo Pasolini, the expats of Julian Beck's Living Theater, and Bussotti's muse Cathy Berberian. Tonight we watch the director watch and respond to his film.

Following the screening, sfSoundGroup joins the composer to move through Bussotti's music, from the sizzling two-pianos duo Tableaux vivants avant "La Passion selon Sade" (1964), to the recent "Variazione Berio" (2007) and "Arlequin Poupi" (2010). The program also includes "Phrase a trois" (1960), "In Memoriam (Cathy Berberian)" (1984), "Geographie Francaise" (1962), and "Autotono" (1977).

Stephanie Syjuco offers local artists' wares at a night market in conjunction with The More Things Change, and as always at Now Playing, Meatpaper magazine leads a "Food & Thought" event in the Rooftop Garden.

Please note that seating in the Phyllis Wattis Theater is limited and on a first come first serve basis.

Cost: museum admission (1/2 price after 6p)
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